Environmental Review
Westway and Imperium Expansion Projects

Draft Environmental Impact Statements (EISs)

The City of Hoquiam and the Department of Ecology released the Draft EISs for the Westway Expansion Project and the Imperium Expansion Project on August 31, 2015 for public review and comment.

The public comment period was from August 31, 2015 to November 30, 2015.

Public hearings and open houses were held:

  • October 1, 2015 from 1:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Satsop Business Park, Flextech Building, (Building 100), 150 Technology Way, Elma, WA 98541
  • October 8, 2015 from 1:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the D&R Theatre, 205 South I Street, Aberdeen, WA 98520

Public Hearing Agenda
Open House and Public Comments
1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Presentation and Oral Public Comments
Afternoon Session: 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Evening Session: 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Westway Terminal

Imperium Terminal

How to submit comments for the Draft EISs

  • Use the online comment form
  • By mail:
    Westway and Imperium Terminal Services Expansion Projects EISs
    c/o ICF International / 710 Second Ave., Suite 550 / Seattle, WA 98104
  • In person at a public hearing, orally or in writing.

Technical Factsheets

Environmental Review Process


Plants and Animals


> Questions and Answers (pdf)

These factsheets are provided as a general overview for public outreach purposes. They summarize but do not include all aspects of the analysis.

The detailed analysis, data, and findings are in the Draft EIS for each proposal.

The Draft EISs are the SEPA documents of record for information.

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Historic and Cultural Preservation

Tribal Resources


Rail Traffic

Vehicle Traffic and Safety

Vessel Traffic


> Factsheets

Sus comentarios son muy importantes. El periodo de comentarios públicos comienza el 31 de agosto, 2015 y termina el 29 de octubre, 2015. Información en español sobre el borrador de la Declaración del Impacto Ambiental está disponible. Se puede entregar los comentarios en español por medio de un formulario del internet, por correo al Westway and Imperium Terminal Services Expansion Projects EISs c/o ICF International, 710 Second Ave., Suite 550 Seattle, WA 98104 o en persona en las audiencias públicas. Se tendrán las audiencias públicas el primero de octubre en la ciudad de Elma, y también el 8 de octubre en la cuidad de Aberdeen.

Si necesita interpretación al español durante las audiencias, favor de comunicarse antes con Ecología usando el correo electrónico preguntas@ecy.wa.gov.

Crude Oil, Environmental Health & Safety


Project Comparison


Environmental impact statements (EISs) have been prepared for Westway Terminal Company and Imperium Renewables proposed bulk liquid storage facility expansions at the Port of Grays Harbor in Hoquiam. Ecology and the City of Hoquiam are co-lead agencies for these environmental reviews, being conducted under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA).

These projects are separate and each have its own EIS. The co-leads have agreed to conduct some parts of the EIS process jointly, such as scoping meetings, to be more efficient.

Study phase for environmental review

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An important purpose of an EIS is to provide the public and agencies with information about the effects of a proposal. These environmental reviews are in the study phase. The agencies and consultant collected information on the affected environment, analyze the likely impacts from the proposals, and determine if the impacts can be mitigated. The information gathered in this study phase was used to develop the draft EISs.

The completion of the draft EISs is an important milestone in the process — at that point the SEPA co-lead agencies will ask for public comments. To stay current with our process, please sign up to receive emails from our LISTSERV.

After public comments on the draft reports are considered and any revisions made, final EISs will be issued. After that, the permitting process may begin.

About environmental review

An EIS is an information document. The environmental review process is neither a decision nor a permit. It is not a “yes” or “no” about a project. The EIS will inform decisions made by agencies who are asked to make permit decisions.

Public Involvement Opportunities

Public input is a very important part of the SEPA process and there are several opportunities for individuals or organizations to submit their comments on the Westway and Imperium proposals.

  • During scoping, April 10 to May 27, 2014.
  • When the Draft EISs are published. There will be public hearing(s) and public comment periods on the Draft EISs. Comments received on the Draft EISs will be included in the Final EISs along with responses from the co-lead agencies.
  • During the permit application review processes of state and local agencies. These processes can begin after the EIS processes are complete.
  • For more information about SEPA reviews, please see the Citizens Guide to SEPA Review and Commenting.

Scoping period from April 10 to May 27, 2014

The first step in the EIS process is called scoping. Co-lead agencies ask other agencies, tribes, local communities, organizations, and the public to comment on what should be analyzed in an EIS. After considering comments, the co-lead agencies will decide what should be included in a draft EIS.

Though the proposals are separate, the agencies held a joint scoping comment period.

Two public scoping meetings were held.

  • April 24: Hoquiam High School Commons , 501 W. Emerson Avenue, Hoquiam WA
  • April 29: Centralia High School Commons, 813 Eshom Road, Centralia WA

Meeting display materials

Meeting ground rules

For information on other proposed crude by rail facilities in Grays Harbor please see: Grays Harbor Rail Terminal (GHRT) project


Westway Terminal Company

Imperium Terminal Services

Port of Grays Harbor, Grays Harbor county at at 46.9711N/ 123.8544W

Region: Southwest Regional Office (SWRO)

Ecology Point of Contact:
Diane Butorac
Regional Planner
Southwest Regional Office
Department of Ecology
(360) 407-6594

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August 31, 2015 Draft environmental reports released for crude-by-rail projects in Grays Harbor

April 4, 2014 Environmental reviews begin soon for proposed expansion projects in Grays Harbor